One of the world’s most iconic composers, Poland’s Krzysztof Penderecki has died on March 29 at the age of 86. Polish Ministry of Culture said in a tweet that Penderecki died of “long and serious illness”. He was widely applauded for his film scores including for William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and David Lynch’s Wild at Heart, and also for his Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and the largely atonal St Luke's Passion. The four-time Grammy award winner received his most recent honour in 2016 for best choral performance.
The Vice President of Poland’s Council of Ministers, Piotr Glinski called it “Polish culture’s great and irreparable loss” and hailed the composer for his music being loved from people in the United States to Japan. While offering his condolences to Penderecki’s family and friends, Glinski said the Polish music artists drew on the rich heritage of the country’s culture and gave a universal dimension to the same.
Soon after the news was announced by Polish media, tributes pour in from the world and many people took on Twitter to bid ‘farewell’ to one of the “truly great composers”.
Today in the morning, at the age of 86, Polish composer Krzysztof #Penderecki died.— Agata SupiÅska (@SupinskaAgata) March 29, 2020
In 2012 @guardian called him "probably the greatest living Polish composer".
He left hundreds of his unique compositions in which he will continue to live..
Fare thee well, Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020).— Dr David Vernon (@DrDavidVernon) March 29, 2020
I used to live in Hiroshima, and his Threnody for its victims means a lot to me, with its clustering, its slapping, its highly organised haphazardness, its strangeness. pic.twitter.com/ZfJ2fVRjpJ
One of the truly great composers has left us: Krzysztof Penderecki. He was 86. His wild, terrifying, and imaginative music has soundtracked horror classics from The Shining to The Exorcist and inspired many modern filmmakers and musicians, from David Lynch to Radiohead. A master. pic.twitter.com/n3PgSEUCAE— Peter Albrechtsen (@lydrummet) March 29, 2020
Krzysztof Penderecki (1933 - 2020) Tragic news from Poland this morning. The world has lost a great master. The legendary and groundbreaking maestro Krzysztof Penderecki has died at the age of 86. #Penderecki pic.twitter.com/QZJ7CANOSf— Robert Townson Productions (@RobertTownsonP1) March 29, 2020
Farewell to the genius composer Krzysztof Penderecki. I still remember the first time I heard Polymorphia on @BBCRadio3 in the late 1970s and it blew my mind! Time to listen back to his work today.https://t.co/CYkPVIkCnC pic.twitter.com/nJYctnNfn8— Robin Rimbaud - Scanner (@robinrimbaud) March 29, 2020
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